Just Like a Baby

Just Like a Baby

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by Rebecca Bond
     
 
When the family learns they are going to have a baby, they decide they need a cradle. Father builds it, Grandfather paints it, Brother makes a mobile for it, Mother moves it underneath the window with a view of the starry sky. And, when Baby finally arrives, she sleeps in it, "just like a baby." As warm and reassuring as a baby's blanket, this story will touch every

Overview

When the family learns they are going to have a baby, they decide they need a cradle. Father builds it, Grandfather paints it, Brother makes a mobile for it, Mother moves it underneath the window with a view of the starry sky. And, when Baby finally arrives, she sleeps in it, "just like a baby." As warm and reassuring as a baby's blanket, this story will touch every family that has welcomed a new child into their home.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
...hold a young child's attention, yet provide a comforting reassuring that elicits a welcome yawn at bedtime.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A first-time picture book author/artist presents a warm and loving family anticipating the arrival of a new baby. Father realizes the baby has nowhere to sleep, so he builds a cradle. Grandfather paints it, Grandmother makes a quilt for it, Brother creates a mobile to hang over it--the project becomes a family affair. After completing his or her part, each member of the family takes a turn in the cradle and sleeps "just like a baby." Bond describes their contributions with a cumulative refrain that sets a leisurely pace ideal for bedtime fare. The artwork echoes the gentle repetition of the prose with recurring visual elements, from the small black dog who appears in each scene to geometric patterns or colors at play between flooring and clothing. Cheerful and snug, the acrylic illustrations play with perspective and brim with puckish touches, such as Grandma's bunny slippers and the teacups she leaves in her wake. The parting picture, viewed from above, shows the new baby reaping the benefits of her family's hard work, dog curled in a circle beside her; it may well lull readers themselves to sleep like a baby. A homespun heartwarmer. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Joni Lucas
A family rejoices with the news that a new baby is on the way. Each member of the family lovingly prepares for the new arrival in their own way from Father making a cradle to Big Brother making a mobile to hang over the cradle in this charming book. Bright and endearing, the illustrations contribute to the story's warmth and tenderness. This is a great book to help older siblings understand, anticipate and celebrate the arrival of a new brother or sister.
School Library Journal
PreS-K With a new baby on the way, Father decides to build a cradle. Each member of the family adds to the endeavor: a paint job by Grandfather, Grandmother's quilt, a mobile by Brother, and a view of the sky from Mother. One by one, with each new gift, the cradle beckons the giver so that everyone but Mother takes a turn sleeping in it. Finally, baby arrives and gets her turn, "And she slept just like a baby." This last line of the text, having been previously applied to each cradled character, has a satisfying resonance. The book conveys the idea that each of the individuals is part of a loving unit. The concept of everyone, young and old, sleeping in the baby's bed will surely elicit a chuckle from listeners. The repetition in the well-paced story is comforting and freeing and the cumulative component advances the plot without being heavy-handed. Reminiscent of the work of Kevin Hawkes, the illustrations are folksy, slightly skewed, and full of energy. The characters' faces have a contented glow, partly due to their ever-present smiles, but also as a result of their down-turned eyes, always focused on the cradle or new baby. There's a prevailing sense of containment and self-satisfaction and ultimately of a love that is great enough to encompass a new arrival. Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A handmade cradle forms the centerpiece of one family's celebration of the birth of a new baby in this congenial debut from Bond. Skirts bounce, watch fobs bob, and pots and pans swing from the rafters as the members of a family find out the good news—a new baby is on the way. Each one takes part in the construction of a cradle: Father builds it, Grandfather paints it, Grandmother sews a quilt for it, Brother cuts out a mobile to hang overhead, and Mother sets it in near the window, beneath the pearly moonlight. A cumulative refrain marks the completion of each person's loving task; one family member after another takes a turn climbing into the cradle and is gently rocked to sleep. Rounded, rosy-cheeked, chubby characters spill out of the cradle and skewed, elongated perspectives recall Audrey and Don Woods' The Napping House (1984). The circle of family surrounding the baby provides more warmth than a fire in the hearth and is more soothing than the hum of a lullaby. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316104166
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
AD350L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Just Like a Baby 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I could have written and illustrated a book to help prepare my three-year-old for our new baby, this would have been it. It's warm and loving, and doesn't focus on the perceived negatives of adding a baby to the family like so many 'new baby' books do. The illustrations are at once whimsical and beautiful. I'll be giving this book to all my friends who have a new little one in the house!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is a wonderfully rich and cozy tale of a family's prepararations for a new child. Each illustration is filled with delightful details, requiring many re-readings to fully appreciate them all. The writing complements the quirky paintings and poetically draws in both children and adults. I am a first grade teacher, and this book was sheer joy to share with my class. The children love to participate in the repeated refrain and particularly enjoy searching for the dog in each illustration. I highly recommend it!!!